Balcombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Balcombe surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived the place name Balcombe in Sussex. The name was most likely assumed by a family who held land in the area.

Early Origins of the Balcombe family

The surname Balcombe was first found in West Sussex, at Balcombe a village and civil parish which dates back to about the 11th century when it was listed as Balecumba. Together the name possibly meant "valley of a man called Bealda" from the Old English personal name + cumb [1] which meant "valley" or "hollow". The village was not listed in the Domesday Book.

Important Dates for the Balcombe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balcombe research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1615, 1616, and 1619 are included under the topic Early Balcombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Balcombe Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Balcombe include Balcom, Balcome, Balcomb, Balcomm, Balcombe and others.

Early Notables of the Balcombe family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Balcombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Balcombe migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Balcombe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederic W. Balcombe, aged 33, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Sydney Balcombe, aged 5, who settled in America from London, in 1905
  • Kate Dorothy Balcombe, aged 19, who settled in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Albert Charles George Balcombe, aged 22, who settled in America from Mountfield, England, in 1911
  • William Frederick Balcombe, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Eastbourne, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Balcombe migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Balcombe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Balcombe, aged 13, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Emma Balcombe, aged 24, a dressmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Emily Balcombe, aged 14, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Georgiana Balcombe, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Charlotte Balcombe, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Balcombe (post 1700)

  • S. A. D. Balcombe, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 11th District, 1857-58 [2]
  • David John Balcombe (b. 1984), English cricketer
  • Francis Graham Balcombe (1907-2000), English cave diving pioneer in the United Kingdom, co-founder of the Cave Diving Group
  • Frederick Balcombe (1911-2000), English politician, Lord Mayor of Manchester (1974-1975), the first Lord Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Manchester
  • Florence Balcombe (1858-1937), Irish wife of Bram Stoker; she was responsible for the destruction of most of the prints of the 1922 horror film Nosferatu, an unauthorized use of Stoker's Dracula novel
  • David Balcombe Wingate OBE (b. 1935), Bermuda ornithologist, naturalist and conservationist

Historic Events for the Balcombe family

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Alice Dorothy Amy Cranly Soanes Balcombe, Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
Shipping
Fastest Delivery Possible

Digital Products on Checkout, all other products filled in 1 business day

Money Back
Money Back Guarantee

Yes, all products 100% Guaranteed

Support
BBB A+ Rating

The Best Rating possible

Payment
Secure Online Payment

Entire site uses SSL / Secure Certificate